Space Quilt : Day 2

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Patience does not come easy for me.
When I started quilting, I realized right away that I needed to set short-term goals in order to feel like something had been accomplished on a daily basis.
Other wise, it would be a race to the finished product.
I would make many mistakes and have to rip and redo.

After cutting all the fabric yesterday, I set the goal to make only one blue star quilt block.
It felt good to see I was on the right track.

Today, my goal was to finish all six of the blue star quilt blocks.
I placed them on the design board just to get that motivation to continue.
I thought that I had cut all 288 of the three-inch squares I needed to piece into 144,  2.5 inch squares.
I was able to piece and prepare the complete 2.5 inch squares for the orange star block.
However, I did not have enough of the yellow and white to complete the purple star block.
I miscounted somewhere.
Tomorrow’s goals:
Piece 6 orange star blocks
Cut more yellow and white to form the star for the purple star blocks.

I got side-tracked with another idea today.
I thought it might be fun to either applique or make a block with an astronaut or rocket.

After talking to my son, he said he would create a jpg based on the templates I sent him.
I can print them on fabric and decide at that point if I want to applique or make a block.
I would need to go to the Mesquite Bean if I choose to applique.
They welcome customers bringing their machines and working in a back room, where they offer free assistance. Isn’t that cool?

The rocket would include my son and grandson.
The rocket would look something like this.

The astronaut would just have the photo of my grandson.
The astronaut would be based on this free image I got online.

This is all still in the “maybe” stage.
I don’t know if I can do it, but I might give it a try.

I will get there some day.
Thanks, Winnie the Pooh.

Space Quilt: Day 1

It has been a year since I have made a quilt.
Last year, I  made a total of 13 quilts, all before Christmas.

I spent yesterday afternoon and part of this day, cleaning the sewing machine and organizing the room.
The sewing machine was way over due for a thorough cleaning.
I purchased Aurifil thread, as recommended by my friend, Joy, who works at Mesquite Bean.
She said it does not produce as much lint as many of the other threads do.
I love it already.
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Then I made a more precise plan in my design book.

This morning, I upgraded my iron and purchased new rotary blades.
What a difference this new Black and Decker Iron makes in forming perfect seams.

All the large fabric pieces are cut.
I also cut all of the pieces for the stars.
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I laid out the center panel and the first frame of strips.
I need to complete the star blocks before I measure and cut the large strips and fit the blocks into the frame strips.

Vicky, at Las Colchas, taught me how to make two 2.5″squares by placing two 3″squares, right sides together.
Draw a diagonal line.

Sew a quarter inch seam on each side of the diagonal line.
Cut the diagonal line.
Use a 2.5 inch ruler to cut down to size.
My plan was to sew all of the squares for the stars, but I just had to see how a completed star would look.
One down…17 more to go.

I was a bit nervous about starting this quilt, since it has been awhile since I made one.
This is the first time I made a star, and I was quite excited about the results.

This is my stopping point for Day 1.

Gobble, Gobble!

Previously, I posted about a quilted apron I made.
I used a turkey block pattern by Lori Holt.
The block pattern yielded a 12 inch block.
I changed the pattern size by making 1.5 inch squares.
I used this turkey block for a pocket on the apron.
Since there were remnants, I decided to make mug rugs.
It was fun when I started, but by the time I was on my sixth turkey, I started to fade.
1.5 inch blocks are so tedious.
I chose to make two rug mugs with a turkey applique that I drew.
I also used the quilted strips that remained after I cut out the apron.
The turkey might look more like a duck, but, oh well.
Set of 2
Anyway, I finally got them done.
Set of 4

Set of 4

Next on my list:

  • Clean sewing machine
  • Organize sewing room
  • Prepare fabric for space quilt

Quilting Friends

After going to the gym with my husband, I made my way to my all time favorite quilt shop, Las Colchas.
Cindy and Vicky are two of the best people around.
I consider them to be experts and I value their advice.
They always remind me that they are still learning.
They love to share what they already know.

Cindy helped me with my very first quilt.
Vicky has helped me with two other quilts I have made.

Right now, I am in the middle of finishing turkey mug rugs.
But as soon as I finish, I plan to begin the solar system quilt.

So, I went to consult with my expert friends, Cindy and Vicky.
Best thing I could have done!

Last week, I purchased some solar system fabric

This solar system panel by Fields Fabrics is for the front.
This earth view shot by Fabric by the Yard is the back panel. I have blue celestial fabric to add to each side of this back panel.

This is basically the design.
I have it more in my head than on paper, so I plan to firm up the plans before my 66 year old brain forgets the details we discussed.
There will be 18 star block quilts on the top side of the quilt.
These beautiful fabrics will be used to make the 6.5″ strips for framing the panels.

The three of us had a blast pulling out fabrics and visualizing the quilt.
They also showed me how to add a piece to a strip by making a diagonal seam.
They also demonstrated how to make a 2 triangle square in a more efficient manner.

I hope to be finished with the turkey rug mugs tomorrow.
Then, I will spend time cleaning and preparing my room before I start on the quilt.

Vicky and Cindy said they would be a phone call away if I need them.
I can’t miss with friends like these.

Turkey Time: Quilted Turkey Apron

My first graders LOVED this song.
Not only was it fun, but it was a successful and different way to teach reading.
My classroom was filled with Thanksgiving children’s literature.
A good portion of the collections were books about turkeys escaping their fate and becoming a guest at the dinner instead of the main course.
Every November, my students would read and write Thanksgiving poetry and stories.
Then the students would read their chosen piece to parents and families who came up for a Thanksgiving Feast.

One year, a parent pulled me aside to inform me that her family now had a new tradition.
Her daughter had come home every day, retelling the turkey stories.
She wrote her own turkey escape story and begged her mom to not serve turkey on Thanksgiving.
Her family now has an eggplant Thanksgiving.

I have turkey on the brain, so I fooled around with some different turkey patterns I found on Pinterest.
This Turkey Trot block is really cute.
But then I found this Tom Turkey quilt block from a blog by Lori Holt, a bee in my bonnet.

I sewed twelve 2.5 strips into a 23″ X 28″ square.
Then I made an apron pattern out of packing paper.
I followed the directions for the turkey block, and at first, I was planning on using this large block as a pocket.
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But then I decided to make a turkey block using 1.5 inch squares.
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Now I am trying to decide what to do with the 12″ turkey block.
Pillow, purse, hot plate mat? Hmmm…
I think I will try to make some mug rugs also since I have so much fall fabric remnants.

Thank you, Lori.
Your turkey tutorial is excellent.
Fun Fall Day.

A Bit of Beauty

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas

Thirty of my forty-two year teaching career was at my neighborhood school.
Only one of the teachers who opened the school with us, back in the ’90’s is still teaching.
She was the baby of the group and plans to retire at the end of this year.

We were a pretty strong faculty and staff.
We didn’t always agree, but we always had each other’s back.
We went through the hardships and joy of teaching; all the weddings, births, raising of children, graduations, marriages, and funerals.
All as one big family.
Today, was another one of those funerals.

I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this group.
Some of us meet regularly and have a busy calendar of fun, which includes birding, crafting, and hiking.

These ladies are very creative, in so many different ways.
Terri, who use to run our campus special education department, can do just about anything.
She just finished making this beautiful pillow for a baby in her family.
Terri drew the peacock and did a great job with embroidering.
The stitches are perfect.
I love the colors she chose.

On this very sad day, I just wanted to share a bit of beauty.
I asked Terri if I could post it on my blog, so here it is.
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New Project (s)

My two youngest grandchildren are interested in outer space.
My granddaughter has the planetary system on her wall, and she is always spouting out facts about space.
My youngest grandson received a Mars for My Room light, and he is all aglow because he is in charge of the remote to turn the light on and off.
He and my son were talking about space and the night sky on one of their night walks.
My grandson awoke the next morning asking if outer space was still there.
So, of course my next projects must be about outer space.
I found this cool planetary pillow pattern on pinterest.
I’ve also found some quilt ideas and patterns.
I really don’t like to applique, so that is something that is holding me back.
I think I will be hitting the shops to check out fabric and get ideas.
If I make the planetary pillow, then I would like the quilt to be a theme that is more galaxy or universe.
I would appreciate any ideas.

Pajama Sunday

My granddaughter has established the practice of having Pajama Days.
These special days are usually proclaimed after a busy day, week, or event.
It has been a been a busy and beautiful week for me.
The week culminated with a celebration of my youngest grandson turning 3.
Today, is definitely a Pajama Day for me.

So far, I have spent this PJ Day  watching TV, reading, and looking online for tutorials on the method of quilt- as- you- go.
I have been wanting to quilt- as- you- go for some time.
I found this GREAT  tutorial on RebeccaMacDesigns by Sheri Noel.
Thought I would share it.

I love PJ Days!